In his youth, Damar’s best friend was a merfolk girl named Amberly, daughter of a cutter-trader (who scour the surface of Tazeem for fallen pathway stones to sell). As children they used to skip stones along the shores of Halimar, or craft gliders and race in the Umara River Gorge.
Everybody said that Amberly was a bad influence on Damár. Her chaotic nature rubbed off on him, and their adventures were always dangerous. One night, Damár accompanied Amberly to the reefyard, a place often avoided by sensible folk, where they witnessed a trio of vampires getting into a fight, one of whom was a prominent Sea Gate nobleman named Stelios. During the scuffle, Stelios was killed by one named Bartek. Damár and Amberly decided to keep quiet about this incident, and the name they heard, because they were afraid of the vampires murdering them.
Word of Damár’s discoveries about the Eldrazi got out, and soon those vampires who still serve their ancient masters heard about the young apprentice’s meddling into their business. The vampire Bartek himself returned to Sea Gate to silence the young wizard. During a late night of study, during which Amberly came to help out, Bartek stole into the Lighthouse and attacked! If Damár hadn’t utilized his scroll of daylight, he and his friend might have died that night. But the vampire was driven away, and Damár realized that staying here any longer would endanger everyone he cared about. So he packed up his explorer’s bag, spellbook and component pouch, took up his traveling staff, and left without telling anyone. He hoped Amberly would understand…